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Charleston and Bulls Island by Land & Sea: Kayaking, Hiking, and Birding

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Famous for rich history, splendid preserved architecture and the most polite citizenry in America, Charleston is also home to saltwater estuaries, tidal inlets and spectacular Bulls Island. Push off into Charleston Harbor in a kayak to explore the city from a whole new angle, hearing tales of its founding, fortifications and pirates. In the pristine Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on Bulls Island, excellent birding, spectacular scenery and wildlife sightings await during a full-day hiking exploration. Trek through five miles of maritime forests, along inland trails, vast beaches and fresh water ponds rich with life. On the Wambaw Creek in the Francis Marion National Forest, kayak through "black water," darkened by the tannic acids of the bordering forest, and study cypress and tupelo trees and a variety of bird species. In Charleston proper, stroll through historic downtown with interpretation by a historian, access hidden passageways for unique views of 18th-century homes, and hear from local experts about the ecology of the salt-marsh estuary.


• On Bulls Island, accessible only by ferry, explore miles of pristine beachfront and maritime forest, home to more than 290 species of birds.
• Kayak the freshwater Wambaw Creek to learn about the acidic plant tannins that have turned the water black over time.
• Learn the human and natural history of Charleston while kayaking the harbor and hear tales of the city in Colonial times as you glimpse the beautiful gardens of 18th-century homes.

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Hike five miles on varied terrain with stops for interpretation. Kayak seven miles in a six-hour period.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences


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